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Sky and BT make a deal to share BT Sport and NOW TV

Friday, December 15th 2017 by Oprah Flash

We’ve got big news for BT and Sky customers, Sky has signed a deal with BT meaning if you’ve got a BT TV package you’ll also be able to access Sky Sports and premier channels like Sky Living and Sky Atlantic through NOW TV.

As part of the same deal, if you have a Sky TV package you will be able to buy BT Sports channels directly from Sky.

The only downside is we'll have to wait at least a year before the changes take place. This is the first time the two telecoms giants will share each other’s content with their customers.

After years of toing and froing, BT is finally making all of its BT Sport channels available on Sky’s TV platform. This means you'll be able watch the Champions League directly on your Sky Q box.

BT Sport will be available to Sky customers directly as part of a Sky bundle or by itself on the Sky Go app. If you don’t want to be stuck in a contract you will still be able to get BT Sports as an app on NOW TV boxes. We'll have more information on prices closer to the time.

At the moment if you have BT TV you can only buy Sky Sports Main Event as a bolt-on to your standard TV package for an extra £27.50 a month. This still doesn’t give you the the full range of Sky Sports channels.

BT Sport has been available for you to enjoy since 2013 and you can access it now through BT TV or Virgin Media’s TV bundles.

We do not have a confirmed date of when you can start adding NOW TV to your BT TV package but Sky says it will be in early 2019.

You'll be able to watch Game of Thrones on NOW TV through your BT package

NOW TV for BT TV customers

It’s not just sports fans who will benefit from the momentous deal. Sky will allow the full NOW TV service to be available on BT TV’s set top box. BT will sell NOW TV on Sky’s behalf, offering you access to NOW TV’s most popular entertainment channels including Sky Atlantic, Sky One and Sky Living as well as Sky Sports and Sky Cinema.

When the new changes come into play you will have access to all 11 Sky Sports channels, as well as a NOW TV Entertainment pass. NOW TV is Sky’s online streaming service and offers some premium content from Sky TV without you having to sign up to a contract. You can watch shows like Game of Thrones, Scandal and Big Little Lies.

BT says BT customers will be able to buy all of this in “competitively priced” bundles via BT TV.

With viewing habits changing and more and more Brits choosing to stream shows and movies online, the new announcement shows BT is trying to keep up with the trend. BT already allows you to use your Netflix account on its TV platform so the new addition of NOW TV will increase the number of shows available for you to stream to your television.

Sky recently announced it has scrapped its Original, Variety and Boxsets bundles and replaced them with a single Sky Entertainment package for £20 a month.

  • Sky Entertainment

    • 75+ entertainment channels, 11 HD channels
    • 250+ free-to-air channels
    • Comes with Sky Q 1TB box as standard
    £20 set-up cost See Deal

To add extra services like box sets, kids channels or HD viewing you’ll have to add them as a bolt-on for an extra fee each month.

A BT TV package with basic broadband currently costs £27.49 a month.

  • BT Unlimited Broadband + Calls + TV Starter & Sport

    • Freeview + BT Sport (add at checkout)
    • Pay nothing today
    • Weekend calls
    • YouView+ box & BT Smart Hub router
    Offer ends 25th January
    £27 .49
    £59.99 set-up cost includes line rental See Deal

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